Avoid Getting Hit By Sharobesitas: Know When To Share, and When Not To.

Posted on april 4 2014, by Frank Lekanne Deprez

How to deal with datastreams, infostorms, knowledge flows has become part of our daily work, our daily life’s. Today data, information and knowledge come to us twenty-four hours a day, from all over the world, over a variety of (social media) channels. Visiting New York for the first time in 1991 buying an edition of the New York Times reminded me of a famous quote from Richard Saul Wurman – an American architect and Infodesigner:


“A weekday edition of the New York Times contains more information than the average person was likely to come across in a lifetime in seventeenth

century England (Wurman, 1989, p.32)

Capturing, selecting, consuming and sharing the most valuable ideas and news from such a (hard copy) weekday edition is almost a routine task and takes only a few minutes of our time. Nowadays people increasingly want to have access to (digital) sources, without necessarily own them (Sharing Is Caring: Eggers, 2013). Offer something that can be shared, publish it and rely on word-of-mouth and social networks is seen as the new normal way of working and living. People who are in touch only through their keyboard or smartphones are out of touch with the vast world beyond it. They risk substituting breadth for depth. They have more connections, but fewer relationships. They experience the fakebook - effect: connecting to a lot of people they no longer talk with.

Do we become sharoholics within a ‘sharing economy’ compelled to maniacally checking out the massive presence of digital networks on which to overcollect, share and track data, information & knowledge? It is just too overwhelming. Being not optimally equipped to share data, information, knowledge and feelings (e.g. the Like button) across multiple social and business networks, a new dawn arrives on the horizon: sharobesitas (Lekanne Deprez, 2011).

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